Veterans Day Plus... | Freyne Land
Pin It

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day Plus...

Posted By on Sat, Nov 11, 2006 at 3:27 PM

click to enlarge veteransii.jpg

It kind of snuck up on me this year - deer season. Got lost behind the Election of 2006, which is still sinking in. Yeah, sure, some of the people, some of the time. But don't plan on all of the people all of the time. Understand?

Out and about on the two-wheeler in Burlap this morning. Caught the Veterans Day observance in Battery Park. The wind was whipping out of the south at what must have been 40 mph with higher gusts. The little portable wireless speaker didn't work. A couple of the speeches never got heard. That's Sen-elect Bernie Sanders with the hooded, light-colored jacket. Mayor Bob Kiss is to his left. Rep. John Tracy, representing Sen. Patrick Leahy, is to Bernie's right.

Better sound down in front of City Hall. That's where about 60 folks, many of them UVM students, gathered to protest the International Paper test burn of tires. Dr. Jack Mayer M.D. of Middlebury was one of the leading speakers:

click to enlarge iptireburn.jpg

"A Bully is someone who hurts, frightens, threatens or tyrannizes those who are smaller or weaker. So what do you call a company like IP that knowingly puts harmful particulates, metals and cancer-causing chemicals in our sir?  A bully. 

"I want to be perfectly clear. This is not about burning tires. This is about burning tires with obsolete, inadequate pollution controls. This is about the arrogance of one company that doesn't seem to care about the harm their pollution will cause the citizens of the Champlain Valley - New Yorkers and Vermonters."

Doc Mayer's got a point, eh?

And rounding out today's threesome in Burlington, Vermont was Katherine Monstream's annual art show - for years at Union Station on the waterfront. First met the remarkable Katherine 20-some years ago when she waited tables at Leunig's. The old Leunig's. Did I ever tell you I'd bartended there for a year-plus, a couple years before that?

Katherine had been a champion skier in college. Her painting skill was a pleasant surprise coming on the heels of other "suprises" in the Burlington Renaissance of the 1980s.

click to enlarge monstream2.jpg

Tags: ,

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

Did you appreciate this story?

Show us your ❤️ by becoming a Seven Days Super Reader.

About The Author

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

More by Peter Freyne


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

Latest in Freyne Land

Social Club

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2018 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation